Macallan 65 Year Old Lalique Six Pillars Collection
It may be hard to imagine today, but for much of the 20th century, Macallan was primarily a constituent malt in blends. It was not until the 1980s downturn in the market that the distillery decided to focus on its single malt brand. Fortuitously, this coincided with the crest of a wave of enthusiasm for the high quality releases that the distillery had licensed to Campbell, Hope & King and Gordon & MacPhail in the 1960s and 1970s. These remain some of the most collectible on the market. While global single malt sales volume is still lead by Speyside neighbours, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, Macallan is easily the most sought after. So much so in fact, that they had to open a brand new distillery in 2018, a subterranean architectural masterpiece within the Easter Elchies estate, boasting 36 copper pot stills.
Released in 2016, this is the sixth and final decanter in a highly limited, exclusive Macallan collaboration with crystal makers, Lalique. The series is called The Six Pillars collection, and saw 6 decanters released over an eleven year period, each celebrating one of the six facets that Macallan believe set them apart from Scotland's other distilleries. The Macallan Six Pillars are: Exceptional Oak Casks, Spiritual Home, Curiously Small Stills, Finest Cut, Natural Colour and Peerless Spirit.
This beautiful decanter champions the "Peerless Spirit" pillar, and according to Macallan, "the decanter captures and suspends The Macallan's Peerless Spirit. At 65 years old, the whisky encased in this crystal masterpiece is a true testament to the skill of each and every one of our craftsmen and a unique celebration of our unwavering commitment to sourcing, nurturing and maturing The Macallan single malt in exceptional oak casks."
Limited to just 450 decanters.